In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive.
Excellent book. Set during WWI and WWII, there are two intersecting storylines that were really engaging. Exciting and interesting.
Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.
I thought the book was a well written and interesting SciFi. I enjoyed the plausible science and social system that Andy Weir developed for his frontier moon habitation. Even though Jazz is essentially a criminal, she has a good heart and it was hard not to like her. Jazz is sarcastic, rebellious and brilliant young woman who is slowly growing out of a delinquent adolescence. The narration was excellent. I am glad I did not read all the poor reviews on goodreads written by those disappointed that this book did not live up to the Martian, or I might not have purchased it. The snarky personality and humor of the main character made for a fun ride. I really enjoyed this book and it earned a solid 4.5 stars from me.
Behind its walls, the Convent of Sweet Mercy has trained young girls to hone their skills for centuries. In Mystic Class, Novice Nona Grey has begun to learn the secrets of the universe. But so often even the deepest truths just make our choices harder. Before she leaves the convent, Nona must choose which order to dedicate herself to - and whether her path will lead to a life of prayer and service or one of the blade and the fist. All that stands between her and these choices are the pride of a thwarted assassin, the designs of a would-be empress wielding the Inquisition like a knife, and the vengeance of the empire's richest lord.
Grey Sister, the second book in Mark Lawrence’s Ancestor Series is packed with nonstop action and intrigue. I guess I am somewhat spoiled as I just discovered and finished Red Sister a month ago, only to discover the second installment was soon coming out. Grey Sister expands the world of the Ancestor, its inhabitants and their motivations and continues to develop a really good story of good vs evil. While this is a coming of age book, it does not have the feel of a YA book. The author starts out with a brief recap of Red Sister that I thought was brilliant, even though it had only been a month since I read the first book in the series. Grey Sister does not suffer from a middle book doldrums as the author tries to reserve the climax for the last book. Lawrence does a great job developing the storyline yet maintaining the integrity of a stand-alone novel. Heather O'Neill did a fantastic job in the narration. I guess I now join the rest of you in waiting for the next book. Goodread.
In Reconstruction-era America, vampire Henry Sturges is searching for renewed purpose in the wake of his friend Abraham Lincoln's shocking death. It will be an expansive journey that will first send him to England for an unexpected encounter with Jack the Ripper, then to New York City for the birth of a new American century, the dawn of the electric era of Tesla and Edison, and the blazing disaster of the 1937 Hindenburg crash.
Seth Gerhame-Smith’s writing is very good and the story is well told, but it just did not do it for me. In Forrest Gump, the movie places Forrest into countless significant events in our history, with guileless humor and innocence. In the Last American Vampire Seth Grahame-Smith follows a similar path and introduces Henry Sturges, an American Vampire as the key element in many of the significant events in American history, but without any humor or wit. While somewhat interesting, I found the retelling of American history, attributing so many significant facets of our past to vampires to be tedious and presumptuous without the humor.
Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times best-selling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists - and old foes.
A very satisfying conclusion to a great fantasy trilogy. So many good series seem to end abruptly or drag on too long, leaving an unsatisfied taste in the reader's mind. This series does not suffer from that. I found I did not want it to end but felt it ended in a good place. The characters are likable and interesting. The combination of Kate Reading and Michael Kramer provide wonderful narration that works throughout the series. I will be looking for other novels from V.E. Schwab.
Popular author Daniel Abraham’s works have been nominated for the Hugo Award and the World Fantasy Award. In The Dragon’s Path, former soldier Marcus is now a mercenary—but he wants nothing to do with the coming war. So instead of fighting, he elects to guard a caravan carrying the wealth of a nation out of the war zone—with the assistance of an unusual orphan girl named Cithrin.
Solid read. Daniel Abraham does an outstanding job introducing a multifaceted world containing numerous races and political intrigue in this, the first book of a 5-book series.
The book jumps around following the main characters thought the tale. All are are likable if all somewhat flawed. Cithrin Belsarcour is smart and ambitious but young an if not careful, she could descend into drink. Marcus, my favorite character is a famous soldier who is haunted by his past and his lost family. He loves Cithrin but at this point in the story it is unclear whether as a daughter or a lover. Dawson is an honorable man dedicated to his king and kingdom, but his honor and fealty are seen through the lens of the Noble class. Geder is a young amiable nobleman, naive and a bookworm, not a man of action. Unfortunately, while he is likable, he holds petty insults tight, has a strong vindictive streak and is capable of unspeakable evil as he tries to navigate his fears. Kitt is entertainment troop leader but seems to be a bit of an enigma.
The writing style is fluid and interesting as the story jumps between the main characters across this world. It feels like this first book is setting the stage for the story to follow. Where the true evil is in the world remains unclear. Power and coin are drivers in this world. I look forward to continuing this story. The book does not rise to 5 stars because I find it drags during periods. Pete Bradbury provides outstanding narration. Looking forward to finding where this story leads.
For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.
Purchased on audible as a Daily special. First, I am not a gamer but from my perspective, great idea but lacking in execution. There were times I was enjoying the book and then the book would go through a period of adolescent, immature dialog between characters. I hated the way the narrator depicted the voices of Cal and Dale. It was like listening to chipmunk’s cartoon. Maybe if I had read the book I would not have been so turned off. Ultimately, I dragged myself through the painful bits and finished listening to the story. Again, the end of the book was interesting. Overall, I would say the book ran about 2.4 stars. Not sure it is worth spending good credits on the sequels.
The seventh novel in James S. A. Corey's New York Times best-selling Expanse series - now a major television series.
Persepolis Rising begins a new chapter in the Expanse Universe. James Holden and the Crew of the Rocinante are back. It was a surprise and a bit of a disappointment to realize that it has been 30 years since Babylon's Ashes ended. It feels like a huge chunk of the story is simply missing, but Corey jumps to the next major conflict with humanity and James Holden and his crew jump right in.
The group from the Martian navy that defected and ran away with 1/3 of the Martian fleet and the protomolocule earlier in the series are back, led by a megalomaniac and his true believers who want to subjugate humanity. James Holden and his crew push back as is their character, this time in an insurgency.
The story is good, but not as exciting as other books in the series, maybe because it is setting up the next few books. Some of the new characters do not possess the same magnetism that belonged to the original cast. In the end, 4.25 stars. Jefferson Mays as always does an outstanding job in the narration. Now we sit and wait till the next book comes out.
A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.
Fast moving light SciFi escapism with a satirical look at the future. 3.5 Stars. While predictable, I will likely read more of the books because they are fun and I want to know what happens to Rex and SASHA. The narration was very good.
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.
It was ok. A bit too much teen angst for my taste. Had been hoping for more. The naration by MacLeod Andrews was excellent. Do not think I will purchase the series.